These States’ Tax-Free Holidays Mean Big Savings on Back-to-School Shopping

Back-to-school shopping may be exciting for the kids who’ll get new gear, but less so for the parents who have to pay for it all. The National Retail Federation estimates the average household with kids in elementary through high school is expected to spend about $697 on new clothes, shoes, electronics and school supplies in […]

What to Do With Pumpkins After Halloween: 21 Fun, Creative Ideas

Picking out a potential jack-o’-lantern or two from the pumpkin patch, farmers market or grocery store is a time-honored tradition. But if you’re going to spend money on these Halloween decorations, you won’t just want to trash them after the holiday passes. After you’ve carved and shown off your Halloween pumpkin, try one of these […]

You Still Need to Know How to Write a Check. Here’s How to Do It

Writing checks: not really a popular pastime anymore. We live in a world where we can pay with a debit card or credit card for just about everything — and in some cases, simply swipe a phone over a payment terminal before whooshing out the door. Sitting down every month with your checkbook to write […]

Hoarding Nickels: Why Your Pocket Change Might Be Worth More Than You Think

While conventional personal finance wisdom generally discourages hiding your savings under your bed, there’s one way that doing so might be a sound strategy. Although it’s possible to make money by hoarding pennies or by searching rolls of collected pocket change for coins with high silver and copper content, these methods are tedious and hard […]